Well done and a big thanks!
Partner , GTG Advocates
Well done and a big thanks!
Managing Director / Senior Fintech and Blockchain Advisor , TameFlow Consulting / Quantum Financial Analytics
I think it was a worthy conference mainly because of the variety of people and companies that were there: the exhibitors, speakers and delegates. Lots of ideas were exchanged even between the talks. It shows that the community is vibrant and that this sector is poised to growth. It was also great to see so much interest from foreign delegates in what Malta is doing for the Blockchain/Bitcoin industry in terms of favorable regulation and friendly business environment.
Founder & CEO , Affiliate Grand Slam
Mega well done, Alex! You killed it!
COO , Cubits
Very good crowd in Malta! In the begining of my speech somebody even looked in smartphones.
Speakers and presentations
Theme: «Loui Mercieca»
Chief software architect of Agilis
Ever since I started coding (12 years ago) I was always passionate about new technologies. I started studying Block-chain and Bitcoin since 2014 and I am currently in the process of obtaining a certification on Ethereum. Since then I have attended various workshops and seminars such as ETH waterloo Hackaton about the blockchain technology. Understanding blockchain technology is not that complex, the real challenge is how blockchain technology can be integrated and implemented within existing infrastructures and technologies. Which is why in my line of thought about blockchain I am focusing more about the technical aspects of blockchain technology.Presentation
Theme: «Gregory Klumov»
CEO & Founder at STASIS
Gregory Klumov is the CEO and founder of Stasis.net - the first platform, allowing to legally tokenize fiat currencies and transform them into digital versions on a blockchain in a fast and secure way.
Gregory started his career at the age of 15 as an entrepreneur, when he founded a high-speed Internet Service Provider, subsequently moving from IT into finance. He brings more than 15 years of experience in alternatives investment management, that helped him to recognize investment potential of digital assets in the early stages of Blockchain revolution.
Gregory traded and allocated institutional capital as a portfolio manager. Also, he was a UHNWI adviser on liquid alternatives asset class and an investment director at Matrix Advisors and SBD Global Fund. Before creating Stasis, Greg raised capital, prepared liquidity events for portfolio companies and advised several ICO projects.
Theme: «Abdalla Kablan»
Fintech and AI expert
Dr. Abdalla Kablan is a serial entrepreneur, and Fintech expert. He specialises in the use of artificial intelligence and machine learning in the design of complex financial systems. He is the founder of startups which specialise mainly but not exclusively in Machine Intelligence, professional match making, and Fintech. Dr.Kablan is an Alumni of Microsoft Ventures, UK and worked on projects which were featured at the World Economic Forum 2017 in Davos. Dr. Kablan is also an academic at the University of Malta where he lectures and researches topics related to computational intelligence, financial engineering, and financial data science. During his PhD studies between 2007-2011 Dr. Kablan researched the cryptographic block algorithms behind bitcoin (now known as blockchain) since it's early days, and is a renowned expert in the field of distributed ledgers. Dr. Kablan advices the Maltese Government on matters related to strategic development and utilisation of technology, Fintech, and Blockchain/DLT technologiesPresentation
Theme: «Max Krupyshev»
Max Krupyshev, COO of Cubits.
Blockchain-based project Cubits, headquartered in the Germany and Malta, deals with solutions that allow users to quickly convert bitcoins into cash and vice versa. Company’s mission is to make bitcoin accessible all over the world and simplify the process of cryptocurrency use for companies and individuals. Cubits works with various electronic payment systems, including Visa and Master Card.
Max will explain how to integrate bitcoin in the payment system of a casino (for depositing and withdrawals) and what opportunities open up for gambling business through the usage of bitcoin.
The main topics covered in the presentation:
bitcoin transactions for various types of wallets: review;
ways of storing and using bitcoins for players;
speed of bitcoin payments;
protection of cryptocurrency payments against fraud and cyber-attacks;
risks of operators;
relations with a regulator and banks.Presentation
Theme: «Ivan Petuhovsky »
Co Founder at EXMO Finance LLP
Theme: «Leonard Bonello»
Senior Associate at GANADO Advocates’ team, one of the oldest legal companies in Malta and the world engaged in the commercial and financial law.
Leonard Bonello is a leading company expert in fintech issues. Within his law practice, Leonard constantly examines financial technologies in the legal aspect, focusing on the regulation of ICOs and cryptocurrency assets as well as various e-payments and cryptocurrency transactions.
He is a Doctor of Laws (University of Malta) and a Master of Banking and Finance (Queen Mary University of London). Leonard Bonello is also a visiting lecturer and examiner at the University of Malta.Presentation
Theme: «Jan Sammut»
CEO at RefToken & Blockchain & cryptocurrency investor and ICO advisor
Speaker will focus on performance & influencer marketing marketing strategies that will allow blockchain start-ups and ICOs to compete against incumbent centralised competitors and disrupt their spacePresentation
Theme: «Alexander Zelenshikov »
Chief Product Officer at mytc.io
17 years in game development at Nival, Novy Disc, and Obsidian Entertainment.
Theme: «Jonathan Galea»
President of Bitmalta
Blockchain & cryptocurrencies lawyer, President of Bitmalta
Jonathan’s considerable experience in the blockchain sector ranges from a close study on the
developing regulation in the area to hands-on experience in the technical and economic
aspects of cryptocurrencies, one of the most widely-adopted uses of the blockchain so far.
Jonathan’s LL.D. (Doctorate of Laws) thesis was titled “The Effect of Bitcoin on Money
Laundering Law”, and being completed in May 2015, it was one of the first ever legal theses
on the subject. He has been following developments in the area for four years and moreover
has also participated as a keynote speaker in several conferences both in Malta and abroad,
covering the legal, technical and economic aspects thereof.
Jonathan’s expertise consists of legal advice on regulatory matters related to blockchain
technologies and cryptocurrencies in general as well as technical advice on blockchains and
platforms built on top of them (from a fundamental perspective). He is an active member in
various crypto-communities and is experienced in the mining, trading, investing and analysis
Jonathan is also the president of Bitmalta, the first non-profit association in Malta dedicated
to advocating the blockchain technology and cryptocurrencies with particular focus on the
Maltese islands. Moreover, apart from completing various courses related to blockchain
technologies and attending various seminars, Jonathan has also successfully completed the
“Programming in C” course with Ice Malta, thus giving him further insight on the intricacies of
programming languages since C served as a basis for most modern languages.
- President and co-founder of Bitmalta, the first Maltese association dedicated towards
advocating blockchain technologies and cryptocurrencies
- Guest Keynote Speaker at the following conferences:
• International Chamber of Commerce: Financial Crime Forum (May 2016, Malta)
• Blockchain Week 2017 (February 2017, London)
• Simposia Executive Seminar on blockchain technologies (March 2017, Malta)
• Economic Forum: Forum Ekonomiczne – Instytut Wschodni (September 2017, Krakow)
• Central and Eastern European Gaming Conference 2017 (September 2017, Budapest)
• Malta Innovation Summit (October 2017, Malta)
• CryptoAffiliate Conference (October 2017, Prague)
• SiGMA 2017 (November 2017, Malta)
• Blockchain Dev Conference, Developer Week 2017 (February 2018, San Francisco)
- Blockchain Legal Advisor to the Suncontract ICO; a project aiming to make energy
tradable on the Ethereum blockchain <https://suncontract.org/>
- Blockchain Legal Advisor to the Chimaera ICO; a project aiming to create a blockchain
on which game developers can deploy their creations and the players themselves are
the miners supporting the network through their gameplay
- Advisor to two upcoming prominent ICOs; details to be divulged once publicly
- Founder of “Bitcoin Malta”, the largest Maltese Facebook group with over 1,200
members aimed as a hub of discussion for blockchain technologies and
23 October, 08:30 23 October, 08:30
Theme: «Morning coffee break»
23 October, 09:00 23 October, 09:00
Theme: «Opening speech of the sponsor»
General Sponsor's speech
23 October, 10:05 23 October, 10:05
Theme: «How to get started writing applications for Ethereum»
Ever since I started coding (12 years ago) I was always passionate about new technologies. I started studying Block-chain and Bitcoin since 2014 and I am currently in the process of obtaining a certification on Ethereum. Since then I have attended various workshops and seminars such as ETH waterloo Hackaton about the blockchain technology. Understanding blockchain technology is not that complex, the real challenge is how blockchain technology can be integrated and implemented within existing infrastructures and technologies. Which is why in my line of thought about blockchain I am focusing more about the technical aspects of blockchain technology.
Theme: «Panel discussion: ICO REGULATION»
The expert has 8 years of experience in organizing innovative exhibitions, conferences and summits. He focuses on holding gambling events, including Affiliate Grand Slam (Bucharest, Tallinn) and SiGMA (Malta).
Pulis founded and headed Maltese Summit of iGaming in 2013. Since 2014, the event has become annual. Previously, he worked in such companies as BonusVikings and Marshall-Pulis Creations.
Industry evangelist will be involved in the Latvia & Malta panel discussion at Riga Gaming Congress. He will tell the audience how Malta has started accepting bitcoin payments in the context of the new gambling legislation compared to Latvia.
Theme: «Pitch session»
23 October, 12:00 23 October, 12:00
23 October, 13:00 23 October, 13:00
Theme: «Panel discussion: Legal and Regulatory Challenges in Blockchain»
to be announced
23 October, 14:30 23 October, 14:30
Theme: «10 Steps to launching a successful ICO»
Speaker will focus on performance & influencer marketing marketing strategies that will allow blockchain start-ups and ICOs to compete against incumbent centralised competitors and disrupt their space
Theme: « Cryptocurrencies and AML – The risks and the solutions»
Dr. Joseph F Borg is an advocate, currently a Senior Advisor to WH Partners, practising mainly in the areas of Gaming, Blockchain, Esports, Corporate, IT, Telecoms and Intellectual Property Law. He also lectures Gaming Law at the University of Malta. Joe occupied the role of Secretary General of the Malta IT Law Association (MITLA) for over 3 years and is currently the Vice-President and Co-Founder of Bitmalta, which is a non-profit organisation with a mission to promoting and stimulating discussion about blockchain technology and cryptocurrencies in Malta.
Before joining WH Partners he occupied the post of Chief Regulatory Officer of the Lotteries and Gaming Authority - Malta. Joe was also an elected Member on the Board of Trustees of the International Association of Gaming Regulators (IAGR), a position which he held throughout 2012. He had originally joined the Authority in March 2007 as Director Legal and Enforcement and has occupied this position for almost 4 years. Before joining the Authority, Joseph, acted as a Legal Counsel to Vodafone Malta Limited for three years.
23 October, 17:00 23 October, 17:00
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